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Last summer we took threes across the board
But by fall we were a cover story
"Now in stores"
Make us poster boys for your scene
But we are not making our acceptance speech
I have found the safest place to keep all our old mistakes


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    Feb 8th, 2007 2:35pm report

    This is just my interpretation, if you have anything you think should be different, let me know.

    From the very beginng we know this song is aimed towards the devoted fans that never tunred their backs on Fall Out Boy, becuase of the words Jay-Z is saying at the beginning of the song.

    "Last summer we took threes across the board"
    Last year Fall Out Boy had three major hits on the bill board charts, those being A Little Less Sixteen Candles, Sugar We're Going Down, and Dance Dance, though all of the songs on FUCT were amazing. The board, is referring to the bill board charts."But by fall, we were a cover story now in stores" That fall, they made a name for themselves like never before, and everyone knew the name of their album."Make us poster boys for your scene, but we are not making an acceptance speech."Fall Out Boy has basically been the poster band for Emo/Punk Rock music, and they are saying that yes, you can make them the poster band, but that there not doing this for the fame. They are doing this for the music.

    The chorus goes "So long live the car crash hearts, cry on the couch all the poets come alive, fix me in 45" This is basically saying "long live the broken hearts, who cry all night and put in this cd, to fix you." "Fix me in 45" does not just seem to be a random number. All three of the major Fall Out Boy albums have been approximately 45 minutes long."I can take your problems away with a nod and a wave of my hand, 'cause that's just the kind of boy that I am" This is referring to all the fans who idolize them, and think of it as an escape from all of their problems. "Crowds are won and lost and won again but our hearts beat for the diehards" Here they are saying that some people love them, some people hate them, but they play for the music, and what it does for the fans.

    This is all I have so far.

    These are all just my opinions and I hope they were of some use.


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    Feb 10th, 2007 2:25pm report

    The person above me has some really good ideas on what this song is saying. But "Fix Me In 45" is referring to a therapy session. Pete Says in a rolling stone interview that the average session is 45 mins. So knowing that the whole chours is clear. "Long-Live The Car Crash Hearts,Cry On The Couch Untill The Poets Come to Live" Usually people that go to therapy and have those kind of problems are that best writers. "Fix Me In 45".


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    Nov 19th, 2016 11:31pm report

    For the line 'long live the car crash hearts' I feel like it may have been a reference to Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace. On page 81 from the section B.I. #2 10-94 Capitola CA "Was she crazy or unnaturally clingy and dependent or am I just bad news as far as relationships go. [I fall in love].. incredibly fast. It feels both fast and slow, like a car crash, where its almost like you're watching it happen than that you're actually involved in it,"


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    May 13th, 2016 5:24pm report

    So long live the car-crash hearts
    Cry on the couch all the poets come to life
    Fix me in 45

    This song is about Pete Wentz's suicide attempt
    The first line is about how his relationships were just a wreck yet he kept throwing himself into them.

    The second is about his time in therapy on the couch and the third about his sessions in therapy.


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    Mar 3rd, 2016 3:38am report

    Someone told me it was “Fix me and fortify" and for some strange reason I believed them (though before they told me, I thought it was actually 45).
    This is probably my favourite song by them, and the first one I ever heard! Fall Out Boy is awesome!


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    Feb 16th, 2013 2:39am report

    I always thought "Car Crash Hearts" referred to Fall Out Boy fans, because the cover of "From Under The Cork Tree" had a picture of a car crash on it. From all the combined opinions of the meaning of this song, I think it is thanking fans of Fall Out Boy.


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    May 8th, 2011 5:01pm report

    Last summer we took threes across the board
    But by fall we were a cover story
    "Now in stores"

    ~I believe this line is basically saying how quickly FOB became popular.~

    Make us poster boys for your scene
    But we are not making our acceptance speech

    ~Self-explanatory. FOB has become the most popular emo band there is, with the possible exceptions of My Chemical Romance and Paramore. FOB, however, doesn't care, and this line is not only telling us this but also that they're doing it for the music, not the fame.~

    I have found the safest place to keep all our old mistakes
    Every dot-com's refreshing for a journal update

    ~I think this is sarcasm, personally. I believe this is Pete's way of saying that nothing's safe on the internet, perhaps because he's learned it the hard way with those nude photos?~

    So long live the car-crash hearts
    Cry on the couch all the poets come to life
    Fix me in 45

    ~Could be wrong, but I'm dead sure that this line means that the people who have problems will one day be the ones to turn it around and become successful. I also want to add that the "long live" line could be FOB encouraging their listeners with problems to seek the help they need and turn their lives around.~

    The only thing I haven't done yet is die
    And it's me and my plus one at the after life

    ~Self-explanatory. FOB feel like they've done it all.~

    Crowds are won and lost and won again
    But all our heats beat
    For the diehards

    ~I think this is a dig at the posers who claim to like FOB after hearing Dance Dance or Sugar We're Goin' Down, but ditch them just as quickly only to like them again soon after. It's also a salute to the REAL fans who've stuck with them and listened to all of their music and whatnot.


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    Jun 1st, 2010 6:11am report

    Yeah, I thought it was about Micheal Jackson. Obvious title is obvious. But different.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Apr 22nd, 2010 4:52am report

    Okay, I think everyone interpreted this song just fine and came up with some ideas I'd never thought of, but look at my ideas for a sec....:
    "last summer we took thress across the board" idk why, but i always thought that meant like last summer they played like games of poker or something to that extent? lol like they were partying with gfs and stuff. and then "but by fall, we were a cover story now in stores" now this interp may be better than my last, lol. i think it means like someone (pete, probably:p) had this gf and they broke up by the season of fall and their breakup became known pubicly and so now it's the cover story for a magazine. eh? well my teacher is bugging me to get off now so that's all i have but i'll prob be back! tell me what u think.


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    Sep 20th, 2009 9:18pm report

    I like all of your thoughts on "Last summer we took three's across the board" but let me suggest something from a musician's standpoint. Often, when records are selling well and tours dates are selling out, bands will "Take 3" meaning take 3 months off from everything to sort of recollect themselves. My thoughts are that they are saying "We took 3 months off last summer, but we were sold out by fall". (Just a thought). I totally agree with the 45 minutes therapy session idea, but I think the point is that fans often use FOB's music as a therapy session. PEACE


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    Jul 30th, 2009 7:19am report

    No one has said this, so maybe I'm crazy. But I always thought that since they're thanking their diehard fans "that held us down 'till everybody came around,"
    then the line, "long live the car crash hearts," might refer to track one on "Take This to Your Grave," in which the writer wishes a car wreck on a girl who broke his heart. So the original fans, albeit a little later than fans of their original touring and "Evening Out With Your Girlfriend," could be considered kindred, having sung that song with the band live a million times during touring. Therefore, the band and the early fans are all car crash hearts.


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    Jun 15th, 2009 6:54pm report

    Long live the car crash heart (their emo fans)
    cry on the couch all the poets come to life (most artists come out of sadness including them)
    fix me in 45 (transition sentence)


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    Jun 10th, 2009 6:57pm report


    i like the meaning that the person wrote

    and i love fix me in forty five i like to think that it means the cd is forty five minute longs and it will fix you your problems

    (but its not 45 mintutes long i dont think?)

    Love fall Out Boy forver


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    Jun 7th, 2009 6:25pm report

    my thoughts:
    this song is all about saying thanks to all the real fans, people who have been with them for a long time (as jay z says in the begining)
    "long live the car crash hearts": in FUCT their song of all the gin joints mentions "we're making out inside CRASHED CARS". this line is a reference to that song . . . like, long live the people who listened to us back then
    "all the poets come to life": also in FUCT their song ive got a dark ally and a bad idea that says you should shut your mouth [one of my favorite song titles] they say "poets are just kids who didnt make it". so once again references a different song back from one of their older cds. saying all the kids who didnt make it, come back to life.


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    Jan 6th, 2009 1:08am report

    i must say this song is GENIUS! probably my favorite song. and really a song that made me "rethink" every FOB song i ever heard.. before i heard them, but now i listen and i just am amazed every time i hear one of their songs! i love how they write their stuff! totally different.

    since the interpretation of this song is simple, i want to point out some of my favorite parts of this song. and how genius or how hilarious they are.

    1.)Make us poster boys for your scene
    But we are not making our acceptance speech
    (love it! cause everyone hates on them for being so "emo" and this line is saying "label as you want but we didnt say that")

    2.)I can take your problems away
    With a nod and a wave
    of my hand cuz that's just the kind of boy
    That I am
    (haha... makes me giggle! now i dont know if this was supposed to be sarcasm or not but thats what i hear when i listen cause pete has said "I guess we`re just one of those bands that just polarizes people. Some people worship the ground we walk on, and some people say we`re ruining music and should just shut out mouths. If you want to keep either of those opinions, you should try not to engage us in a real conversation.")

    3.)Crowds are won and lost and won again
    But all our heats beat
    For the diehards
    (what FOB is all about! their diehard fanbase they will always have. no matter what the media throws at them!)

    forever a FOB fan!


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    Dec 24th, 2008 12:02am report

    I agree with the top rated impression about most everything. except taht I doubt taht fix me in 45 has anything to do with the length of the albums. It has more to do with the fact that the kind of vinyl record including only one song per side was a 45 measured by the RPMs. So they're saying "and we're gonna do all this in one song"


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    Jul 22nd, 2008 7:34pm report

    I always thought it was trees across the board, and not threes, like from under the cork tree? I don't know, it sounds silly now that I think of it, but that's what I thought.

    I always thought the 45 thing had some sort of connection with vinyl records.


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